'View at Wady Saboua', 1859.
2 6 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 18cm

'View at Wady Saboua', 1859.

Frith, Francis

© National Media Museum / Science & Society Picture Library


A stereoscopic photograph of a group of ruined statues in the sand at Wadi el Seboua, Egypt, taken in 1859 by Francis Frith (1822-1898). This image is one a series of one hundred stereoscopic photographs taken by Frith for Negretti and Zambra and published in 1862 in a book entitled 'Egypt, Nubia and Ethiopia Illustrated'. Wadi el Seboua has a rock temple built by Ramesses II (1279-1213 BC) dedicated to the Egyptian god Amon. The photograph shows the second court of the temple, with sphinxes and statues of the falcon-headed god Horus. Francis Frith was a pioneer of travel photography. He was also one of photography's greatest entrepreneurs, founding a company that was to become the largest publisher of photographs in the world. Frith saw himself as a romantic adventurer in the mould of Byron. Between 1856 and 1860 he travelled and photographed extensively in Egypt and the Holy Land. His work was published in a variety of formats and editions and established his reputation as one of



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